Pep Talk: Eliminating the Usual Excuses
If there is anything that will demolish your progress towards any goal before you even start, it's excuses.
It's time to eliminate the usual excuses.
If you want to make progress towards your goals, it's the only way. Excuses will do nothing but hold you back.
Let's dive into a few of the most popular excuses, and take a look at ways to set them on fire.
(Metaphorically speaking of course...unless you need a "cleanse by fire" and it's safe and legal to do so. #disclaimer)
I'm too embarrassed to get help.
If you think you need help, the situation probably won't get better without it. And quite frankly, if a professional makes you feel bad about your situation, they're crappy and don't deserve to call themselves a professional.
Professional organizers are here to help you. There's nothing to be embarrassed about. Even if you're still embarrassed, suck it up and get over it.
Once you get started you'll realize that there is nothing to be embarrassed about. Never be embarrassed about seeking help when you need it and moving towards your goals.
I'm too busy.
I hear "too busy" mainly in two different set-ups:
"I'm too busy to declutter and get organized." - Decluttering and organizing doesn't have to take forever. As a matter of fact, it tends to stick better when you do a little bit over a longer period of time. Instead of clearing out days to do everything, which isn't realistic, work on your home a little bit (5-30 minutes) every day. You can ALWAYS five minutes to devote to decluttering and organizing.
"I'm too busy to put things where they belong." - Now which are you too busy for? Taking an extra minute or two to put things away properly, or the 20-30 minutes of time it takes to find your keys wherever you tossed them.
Take a look at what you're "busy" with. Are the things that take up your time actions that align with your priorities and move you forward towards your goals? Or are they things you think you should do but don't much more than take up your time.
(Or is it too much time on social media, Netflix, and general jacking about? #noshame)
If everything you're doing is productive and aligns with your priorities, then don't worry about it. But stop saying you're "too busy" to organize. Saying "being organized isn't a priority right now" is perfectly fine.
If you do want to be organized, you'll be able to find the time. #pinkyswear
I don't have the money.
Decluttering and organizing cost nothing. Seriously.
It costs ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to let go of the things no longer serving you. It doesn't cost anything to design and start setting up systems.
Now yes, organizing supplies make it easier and prettier to stay organized, but supplies won't make or keep you organized.
Let's repeat that.
Organizing supplies will not make or keep you organized.
Your actions will do that. And letting go of things you no longer need is free.
Once you've cleared the clutter, you may find you need nothing after all. Which is also free.
I'm too overwhelmed.
That's OK. You're OK.
First, take a deep breath.
Then stop looking at the big picture. It's often thinking about the entire task that makes us overwhelmed. After setting your overall goal, break everything down into tasks so small that you can't help but do them with ease.
I don't know what to do.
Sorry, this doesn't count either. For little to no investment there are a plethora of books, blogs, and TONS of information on the internet. If you want to invest, you can hire a professional to help. You're reading this, so I *know* you have access to the internet, which means you have the ability to look up what to do, and who to help you do it. (Like me!)
So seriously - whatever your excuse it, eliminate it.
All that energy you're spending creating and focusing on your excuses? If you channeled that into fixing the situation, you'd be closer to done by now.
Now - either stop making excuses and do the work needed, or admit you don't want to be organized and let it go. Either way, please stop wasting your precious energy on bullshit.